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FULL TRANSCRIPT OF JORDAN’S REMARKS AT THE KOCH RETREAT…
CONGRESSMAN JIM JORDAN
June 16, 2014
P R O C E E D I N G S
KEVIN GENTRY: As you’re transitioning off, I actually realized that Congressman Jim Jordan is here. He’s been here this weekend. I’d like him to come as well up for a few brief remarks just as we did with, uh, Doug.
Uh, first of all, background. Uh, Jim Jordan from Ohio was a four-time state champion high school wrestler for a 150 and one record, and then, uh, records in college as well. But, uh, uh, maybe that’s appropriate for Congress, I’m not sure.
KEVIN GENTRY: But he has been really one of the leaders in the House, just as Senator McConnell mentioned yesterday in the Senate, on the IRS abuses. And I think he’s going to share with us a few words about what the situation is like, uh, and maybe what the path looks like moving ahead with respect to some of the Lois Lerner stuff.
But also I know that you all have anecdotally shared with us that you feel like within the past couple of years you’ve seen a little bit more overreach from the IRS than might be typically possible. So, uh, perhaps, uh, you might (inaudible) a little bit more on that, too. Jim, take it away.
JIM JORDAN: Thank you, Kevin. Uh, I had one loss to some guy named Charles Koch.
JIM JORDAN: Good to be with you all. I, I, I said the other night, I learned a long time ago good things don’t just happen. If you want to accomplish something (inaudible) of significance, it takes work, it takes effort, it takes sacrifice. Most importantly, (inaudible) is to get off the sidelines, and get in the game. So thank you for what you are doing and the impact that you are having.
The last year of my life has been primarily focused on getting to the bottom of this IRS scandal. This is fundamentally an attack on your First Amendment right to speak out in a political fashion against the government. And we are so focused on it because the Justice Department’s criminal investigation is a complete sham.
The FBI leaked to the Wall Street Journal January 13th of this year that no one is going to be prosecuted. The President goes on national television and says there’s no corruption, not even a smidgen. On Super Bowl Sunday he said that. And the person heading the investigation, the attorney assigned to the Justice Department, Barbara Bosserman, was a mascot (inaudible) the President’s campaign investigation. He’s got a vested interest in its success, and yet he’s supposed to be impartial and balanced about doing the investigation.
So we’re doing everything we can to get to the truth. And of course just this past week we learned that, shazam, we lost the e-mails. We can’t find them. So we are, we are going to do all we can to get to that.
Many of you have talked to me already. If you got any, anyone who hasn’t, please let us know. We’re requesting that kind of information. That is helpful as we go, uh, through the investigation. We’re going to continue to do everything we can to get to the (inaudible). Um, I still haven’t (inaudible) wrestling.
When you think about the people who impacted your life in a positive fashion, most people, next to your parents, it was probably a coach or teacher you had along the way. And for me, with, without a doubt it was my high school wrestling coach (inaudible). He was the toughest teacher (inaudible), and he was the toughest wrestling coach in the whole darn State of Ohio.
And this is not an exaggeration. Every single day he talked about discipline. He said, “Hey, Jordan, this is not any class, an (inaudible) class. You want to do well in my class, it’s going to take discipline. You’re going to have to read the material the night before (inaudible), participating in class, meaning it’s going to take self-discipline if you want to do well in this class, my class.”
And then the rest (inaudible) used to drive me nuts. Every day when self-discipline, the most important character quality necessary to achieve something of importance, and he would say it over, and I was like, that guy is stuck up.
JIM JORDAN: He sounds like my dad. I get it from my dad every day, and now I’m getting it from my coach. But he had a great definition, and it hangs in our wrestling room today.
My brother is a coach at our high school. He’s won the state championship the last 14 years in a row (inaudible) Ron McCann’s wrestling room. In a statement Ron McCann says that “Discipline is doing what you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do it.” That meant doing it coach’s way or we’re going to do it your way. But more importantly, we need to be doing things the right way when (inaudible).
We are at a point in history in this country (inaudible) where we have got to do things the right way, not the convenient way, not the easy way. The right way. And if you do that, we will continue to be the greatest Nation ever.
We had the opportunity a year ago to (inaudible). This, this will remind you what a great country we have. You all know this is what’s involved. This is the Wright brothers (inaudible). Two pictures — first picture, 1903, Kitty Hawk. The first flight, they flew 101 feet. You remember you all learned that from school in class, time to take you back. They put that picture down. The next picture they hold up, 44 years later, Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier. Amazing country.
And literally as I’m walking out of the room, it hit me, why should it stop there? I represent Wapakoneta, Ohio, hometown of Neil Armstrong. Why didn’t they show us the third picture of Neil Armstrong stepping on the moon? Think about this Nation. In 66 years two guys flying 101 feet in a contraption they call an airplane, and 66 years later we put a man on the moon. It’s the greatest country ever. And if we have the discipline to remember that, and remember the principles that made it great, it will stay the greatest country. God bless you. Thanks.
(END OF REMARKS.)